Aerial display toasts bridge’s 125th birthday

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Forth Bridge a replica Spitfire did a flyby
To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Forth Bridge a replica Spitfire did a flyby
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All eyes turned skywards at 1.25pm on Wednesday when two fighter planes, past and present, flew over the Forth Bridge to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

The flypast launches a summer of celebrations to mark the special event, 125 years after the Prince of Wales officially opened 
the bridge. It was the first ever structure to link land on both sides of the Forth.

Crowds lined various vantage points along the Queensferry foreshore.

Unfortunately, the event was a bit of a damp squib as the planes flew high above the Forth Bridge and not just overhead as predicted.

Local businesses received a short welcome boost to trade while others such as Maisies joined in the celebrations by placing a special birthday cake in their shop window.

Network Rail’s route managing director David Dickson said: “A huge amount of information has been written and recorded about the construction of the bridge prior to 1890.

“But we’d love to do more during the bridge’s 125th year to remember the contribution made to maintaining the bridge in the intervening years.

“The story of the Forth Bridge Raid is a dramatic example of that.”

* An exhibition relating to the first-ever German air raid on the UK in 1939 in the Forth can be viewed at the Queensferry Museum, Thursdays to Mondays, up until June 1.